There aren’t that many black people in alternative music. We almost always get pigeonholed into hip hop, RnB, reggae etc. and as much as I love all those styles and that was what I was brought up on, I love most styles of music. I can’t quite get with Trance or Death Metal but pretty much everything in between I can appreciate for what it is.
However, if you are looking outside those “traditionally black” styles it’s hard to find representation. I suppose since almost all forms of modern music stem from black styles it shouldn’t really matter as there is a little bit of my people in everything. But it is nice to see someone who looks like me when listening and watching the music I love. Especially when I was younger I always felt out of place in certain clubs, in shops buying certain CDs (yes, back in the day when we still went to shops and bought sh*t) and this made me feel that bit more comfortable.
But if Bloc Party were crap and had a black lead singer it wouldn’t mean a thing but Bloc Party were and are amazing. They sound like noone else I can think of, their sound is so unique, the singer Kele Okereke has such a distinct voice and style. This song and the Silent Alarm album reminds me of being younger, carefree, loving life and just loving the music I love. I know they are not here so little black girls and boys feel included but I love that they’re here.
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Let’s keep growing!
xx Lee xx
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